Hay of Lawfield and Spott




Alexander Hay, 1st of Lawfield and Spott, was the fifth son of John, 2nd Earl and 1st Marquess of Tweeddale, and was bap. at Yester, on 16 May 1672. He had a charter for the lands of barony of Auldhamstocks alias Lawfield on 20 January 1688,[1] from which he took his designation, and m. at Edinburgh, on 22 April 1697, to Catherine, daughter of Laurence Charteris, Advocate.[2]He d. at Lawfield, on Sunday 31 July 1737[3] and was father of,

  1. John Hay, 2nd of Lawfield, b. on 24 March 1698 and succeeded his father in 1737. He dsp “At his seat in East Lothian,” on 18 December 1758.[4]
  2. William Hay, 3rd of Lawfield, (see below).
  3. Catherine Hay, m. Sir Philip Anstruther, 2nd Baronet of Balcaskie, (c/m 21 August and 4 September 1738. He d. at Balcaskie, on 27 May 1763[5]), and d. at Balcaskie, on 11 February 1759.[6] They had issue.

William Hay, 3rd of Lawfield and Spott, b. on 30 December 1699 and succeeded his elder brother, John, to whom he was served heir on 12 March 1759.[7] He m. at Edinburgh, on 11 May 1759, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir Robert Sinclair, 5thBaronet, of Stevenston,[8] (she survived him and d. at Dunbar Lodge, on 4 April 1817[9]), d. in 1777 and was father of,

  1. Alexander Hay, bap. at Spott, on 24 March 1763 and d. young,
  2. Robert Hay, 4th of Lawfield and Spott, (see below).
  3. William Hay, bap. at Spott, on 20 September 1770 and served as a Captain in the 83rd Regiment. He d. at St. Domingo, on 15 March 1795.[10]
  4. John Hay, bap. at Spott, on 29 March 1772 and d. at Spott, on 28 September 1783.[11]
  5. Isobel Hay, b. on 4 September 1760.
  6. Catherine Hay, bap. at Spott, on 6 January 1762.
  7. Elizabeth Hay, bap. at Spott, 1 October 1764 and d. unmarried, at Lyndoch Place, Edinburgh, on 4 February 1829.[12]
  8. Mary Hay, bap. at Spott, on 18 January 1766.
  9. Frances Hay, bap. at Spott, on 9 March 1767.

Robert Hay, 4th of Lawfield and Spott, bap. at Spott, on 13 August 1768, succeeded his father and had a charter under the Great Seal for the lands of Audlhamstocks alias Lawfield on 3 July 1777.[13] He sold that estate to Mr. James Sprott in 1836 and d. in 1844, having m. on 12 October 1791, to Catherine, only daughter of Ralph Babington,[14] (she survived him and d. at Edinburgh, on 12 February 1850), by whom he was father of,

  1. William Hay, (see below).
  2. Robert Hay, b. on 30 June 1799.
  3. Humphrey Hay, b. on 10 October 1800 and entered the army, serving as Lieutenant-Colonel in the Bengal Cavalry. He d. at Rutland Street, Edinburgh, on 30 August 1860, and is then styled third and sole surviving son of the late Robert Hay of Spott.[15]
  4. Alexander Hay, b. on 10 March 1802 and served as an officer on board the Thomas Coutts East Indiaman. He d. at Canton, on 26 December 1822.[16]
  5. Ralph Hay, b. on 21 November 1803.
  6. John Hay, b. on 11 November 1811 and had a Bengal Cadetship on 15 May 1828.[17]
  7. Catherine Hay, b. on 9 February 1794 and m. at Spott House, on Tuesday 27 February 1821, to Captain Alexander Renton Sharpe, Royal Navy.[18] She d. at Malta, on 26 October 1838.[19]
  8. Elizabeth Hay, bap. at Spott, on 28 July 1795 and m. at Spott House, on 21 December 1824, to William Copland.[20] She d. at Stafford Street, Edinburgh, on 9 August 1861.[21]
  9. Isabella Hay, bap. at Spott on 9 January 1797 and m. at Spott House, on 28 September 1827, to Humphrey Babington of Greenfort.[22] She d. at Greenfort, Donegal, on 26 April 1861.[23]
  10. Rebecca Hay, b. on 1 June 1798.
  11. Frances Ann Hay, b. on 4 June 1805 and m. at Barny Hill, on 17 July 1832, to Rev. H. Maturin, Rector of Garton, county Donegal.[24] She d. at Garton Glebe, Ireland, on 7 August 1868.[25]
  12. Letitia Hay, b. on 3 June 1808 and m. David Broadwood of Fulfordlees. She d. at Queen’s Road, Dunbar, on 21 July 1884.[26]
  13. Georgiana Howe Hay, b. on 2 January 1810 and d. unmarried, at Rutland Street, Edinburgh, on 29 August 1852.[27]

William Hay, b. in 1794 and entered the army as an Ensign in the 52nd Foot, serving with that regiment and the 12th Light Dragoons from 1810-1851. Afterwards, he accompanied Lord Dalhousie to America as his Aide-de-Camp and on his return he obtained the command of a troop in the 5th Dragoon Guards and continued there up to his retirement in 1829. In 1839 he was appointed Inspecting Superintendant of the Metropolitan Police and succeeded Sir Charles Rowan as Military Commissioner. He m. at Wonersh, near Guildford, on Thursday 3 September 1829, to Sarah, daughter of Richard Sparkes, Wonersh,[28] (she d. at Cadogan Place, London, on 4 March 1854[29]), and d. at Cadogan Place, London, on 29 August 1855[30] leaving issue,

Sarah Hay, the only child, who was b. at Shorne, Surrey, in 1832.




[1] SIG1/79/3.

[2] OPR – Edinburgh.

[3] Stamford Mercury, 11th August 1737 edition.

[4] Edinburgh Tests. See also: Scots Magazine, 4th December 1758 edition.

[5] St. Andrews Tests.

[6] Scots Magazine, 5th March 1769 edition.

[7] Services of Heirs.

[8] OPR – Spott. See also: Scots Magazine, 7th May 1759 edition.

[9] Scots Magazine, 1st May 1817 edition.

[10] Kentish Weekly Post, 12th February 1796 edition.

[11] Scots Magazine, 1st September 1783 edition. He is then styled the youngest son.

[12] Edinburgh Evening Courant, 16th February 1829 edition.

[13] SIG1/88/50.

[14] OPR – Spott.

[15] Naval & Military Gazette, 8th September 1860 edition.

[16] Perthshire Courier, 9th May 1823 edition.

[17] GD51/4/1636.

[18] Caledonian Mercury, 8th March 1821 edition.

[19] Caledonian Mercury, 13th December 1838 edition.

[20] Caledonian Mercury, 27th December 1824 edition.

[21] Statutory record. See also: Edinburgh Evening Courant, 10th August 1861 edition.

[22] The Scotsman, 3rd October 1827 edition.

[23] Edinburgh Evening Courant, 1st May 1861 edition.

[24] Caledonian Mercury, 23rd July 1832 edition.

[25] Edinburgh Evening Courant, 12th August 1868 edition.

[26] Statutory record. See also: Banffshire Journal, 29th July 1884 edition.

[27] SC70/177. See also: Brechin Advertiser, 7th September 1852 edition.

[28] OPR – Wonersh, Surrey. See also: London Courier, 5th September 1829 edition.

[29] Morning Advertiser, 8th March 1854 edition.

[30] Illustrated London News, 15th September 1855 edition.